Richard C. Meyer was put through harassment campaigns, doxing, and all sorts of other deplatforming attempts by various people at Marvel, DC Comics, and independent outlets who took issue with his then named YouTube channel Diversity & Comics. Well, one of those people who had targeted Meyer is now in a financially compromising situation himself.
KrakenPrint CEO Jacob Way is currently going through some hard times and is unable to pay staff according to a report from Bleeding Fool.
The opening paragraph explains it all, stating…
“Comic printing company KrakenPrint is experiencing financial difficulties and CEO Jacob Way has laid off the entire staff. Comic creators who have outstanding orders with KrakenPrint are panicking and now having to decide whether to write the order off as lost and place another order with another printer or continue to be patient.”
In a separate video uploaded by Pocket Jacks Comics it’s explained that KrakenPrint had to be sued in order to follow through with the delivery of an order that they hadn’t fulfilled for the comic book company. The video was published on June 12th, 2019.
The gist of the video is summed up in the description, where it states…
“Comic printing company KrakenPrint is experiencing financial difficulties and CEO Jacob Way has laid off the entire staff. Comic creators who have outstanding orders with KrakenPrint are panicking and now having to decide whether to write the order off as lost and place another order with another printer or continue to be patient.
“As a customer of KrakenPrint, I faced this dilema myself. Ultimately, I was able to get my comics delivered by threatening litigation. I typed up a lawsuit and send a PDF copy of it to all the contact emails I had for the company. I heard from everyone by the end of the day.”
KrakenPrint’s dire straits look somewhat karmic given what transpired back in November of 2017, where Jacob Way, Susan Auger, and Heather Antos all conspired to get the Diversity & Comics Patreon account shut down.
They were part of a private Facebook comic and writers group.
Multiple times the Marvel and DC writers tried to get Meyer’s financial accounts and YouTube channel shut down, but they ultimately failed.
As times began getting tough for KrakenPrint, Way began erasing a lot of his footprints online, including scrubbing profiles. If you attempt to check out the about page for KrakenPrint the page turns up empty.
Meyer, on the other hand, has since re-branded and gone on to create and distribute his own comic book called Jawbreakers. Many of the people who had hounded him have either moved on from the comic book industry or have left him alone after he sued DC Comics writer Mark Waid for tortious interference, as reported by Bounding Into Comics.
In the case of KrakenPrint, it doesn’t appear as if they had to be sued to be brought to ruin. The writing was on the wall for a while, as evident with the report from Bleeding Fool back in March of 2019, where Jacob Way attempted to downplay the issues regarding the delays, stating that the company was growing too fast and they just lacked the communication and logistics to keep up with the growth.
What’s more is that Way isn’t handling any of the outstanding orders with the company, and as mentioned by Pocket Jacks Comics, any issues related to the remaining orders at KrakenPrint need to be forwarded to Joshua Valliere, who stepped in with Frederick Packard as part of the new ownership during the company’s downturn.
(Thanks for the news tip ClownfishTV)
(Main image courtesy of DRG TV)